The Party We’ll Have in Hell

I remember the precise moment I stopped believing in hell.

Over a decade ago I was at a Christmas dinner party in the home of a gay couple. From the outside it looked like any holiday gathering: a warm, beautifully decorated room filled with people laughing and telling stories in the glow of the tree, while the silky voice of Johnny Mathis wafted through the air along with the heavenly smells from a well-used kitchen.

Most of the guests that night happened to identify as LGBTQ, which hadn’t really occurred to me, until as I smiled and surveyed the room a sickening thought rudely interrupted: “Many Christians believe that these beautiful people are all going to hell. For no other reason than their sexual orientation, every one of them are doomed to spend eternity beyond this life in perpetual torment at the hands of a God who apparently made and loves them.” And as a Christian and a pastor, I was supposed to believe and preach this too. It simply no longer rang true for me. I couldn’t reconcile this with the character of a loving Creator.

Source: http://johnpavlovitz.com/2017/04/03/the-party-well-have-in-hell/

Witches & Bitches: How Political Discourse Demonizes Women

If you’re a woman reading this, chances are you’ve been called a bitch in your life. Worse (or better, depending on your alchemic life choices), you’ve been called a witch.

For females in the public eye, the chances are infinitely higher. And for female politicians, well, you’d need an eye-wateringly strong potion to avoid either label.

Where there is criticism aimed at a female political figure, more often than not, the insults – and memes – spread to her hair, clothes, age and chance of witchcraft. Hillary Clinton, Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Diane Abbot, Melania Trump and more recently Kellyanne Conway have all been the subject of misogynistic political commentary en masse. They’re not the first, and I doubt they’ll be the last.

Source: Witches & Bitches: How Political Discourse Demonizes Women


In a debate class you learn that when your opponent resorts to ad hominem attacks it means they’ve lost and know it.

Night of the witches – The Hindu

 

The first Friday of March…and I flew off to Catermaco. A sight not to be missed, whether you believe in magic or not.

It was the first Friday of March and I was restless. The winter cold still hung in the air and I wanted something that would shake out the chills from within me. It was then I heard about the Noche de Brujas. It sounded like a delicious snack but, no, it was not…in fact, it translated as Night of the Witches. It sounded exciting enough, so I made further enquiries and found that this festival happens in Catemaco, a city south of the Mexican state of Veracruz and is located on Lake Catemaco.

Source: Night of the witches – The Hindu

‘Neo-Pagan Sexual Morality’ Spreading Throughout Church, Warns Conservative Archbishop | Christian News on Christian Today

An influential conservative archbishop is warning ‘neo-pagan sexual morality’ in the Church of England is at risk of spreading throughout the global Anglican Communion.

Source: ‘Neo-Pagan Sexual Morality’ Spreading Throughout Church, Warns Conservative Archbishop | Christian News on Christian Today


He says that likes it’s a bad thing.

Wiccan sex offender Robin Fletcher free to live without supervision

 

A man who whipped and prostituted two teenage girls has been freed to live in the community without supervision for the first time in almost 20 years.

The court previously heard that Fletcher still believes that his crimes related to his “Wiccan” religious beliefs, but says he now recognises such behaviour is illegal.

Source: Wiccan sex offender Robin Fletcher free to live without supervision


I believe he should have known from the beginning this was not Wiccan or Pagan behavior as the Rule of Three would have had him dealt with.

6 true shocking incidents were men developed BIG breasts due to witchcraft… Ghafla!Kenya

Do you believe in witchcraft? Cases where men suddenly developed breasts provide enough evidence to convince doubting Thomas that there is evil out there. There have been at least five reported incidents across the continent where men developed big breasts overnight due to witchcraft…. Read More

Source: 6 true shocking incidents were men developed BIG breasts due to witchcraft… Number two happened in Makueni last year (Photos) – Ghafla!Kenya


Yup. Six, true, shocking incidents of people not understanding basic medical conditions.

The Game Developers Who Are Also Witches | Kotaku Australia

Horrorshow is one of a growing number of young people who practice witchcraft or identify themselves as a witch. As both VICE and The Guardian outline, witches have especially seen a resurgence among women, trans and queer-identifying people recently. Some of them dress up, some cast spells and do tarot, others create webcomics and video games.

Some see witches as icons of feminist power, or women who challenge the rules and boundaries of society. Cultural historian Rictor Norton writes that witches have always been associated with heresy, and were thought to practise unorthodox activities, such as homosexuality, which “was often an important feature of the witches’ real or alleged initiation rituals”.

Accordingly, game maker Solomon Fletcher finds that “even though the term ‘witch’ is usually tied to womanhood, it’s always felt genderless to [them]”. Witches naturally invite genderqueer discourse, and that’s part of the appeal of adopting the philosophy in 2017.

Source: The Game Developers Who Are Also Witches | Kotaku Australia

Daily Egyptian : Photo of the Day: “For us this is church” — Daily Egyptian

Emmalie Hall-Skank, a senior from Streamwood studying interior design, gazes up from inside a bamboo forest Sunday during an afternoon hike with members of the Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance at the Marberry Arboretum off Pleasant Hill Road in Carbondale.

The group hike was organized by Tara Nelsen, founder of SIPA and a 2002 SIU graduate.

Source: Daily Egyptian : Photo of the Day: “For us this is church” — Daily Egyptian

Essex: Beth Underdown’s new book on Manningtree’s Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins – What’s on – Ipswich Star

Glamorous business, this writing life? Not always. Beth Underdown is two sleeps away from the publication of her first novel – she’s been counting – but this is not the time to sit back with a glass of something sparkling.

It’s the evil and self-styled Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, who’s bringing her 200 miles south-east. The man who thrived during the instability of the Civil War years, and is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 300 or so innocent women in less than three years, conducted most of his witch-hunts in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Source: Essex: Beth Underdown’s new book on Manningtree’s Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins – What’s on – Ipswich Star